Japan America Society of the State of Washington

Japan in the Schools

Japan In The Schools (JIS) is a signature program of the Japan-America Society. Offering free educational presentations to schools in the Puget Sound region, the program has two distinct parts. The Japan In a Suitcase presentation is for elementary schools and the Japanese Language and Culture Visits (JLCV) are for high school students. These programs have been extremely well received since their inception in 1994.

JIS is a collaborative work of volunteers and sponsors. Over the years JIS has served more than 35,000 students in the Puget Sound Area. This long steady effort and outstanding work has been recognized by the Mitsubishi Corporation and the Center of Global Partnership, both of which gave us significant grants in 2009. These grants recognize the quality of JIS programming and the service our volunteers provide to the community. We would also like to recognize Weyerhaeuser for their ongoing support and donations since our inception. JIS is very honored and encouraged by all the support we have received from our volunteers, individual donors and grants. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has made it possible for us to keep visiting the schools all these years.

We also attend many school functions as well as a variety of culture fairs and festivals.